Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has earned itself yet another medal, picking up the inaugural Top Video Game Award at this year’s ASCAP Awards (that’s the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, don’tcha know).
It’s just the latest in a long string of accolades for the third best-selling video game in US history, which sold 4.7 million copies within the first 24 hours of release. The theme tune was Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s first foray into video game music, creating a feeling that was picked up on by Lorne Balfe when he created the enveloping score. It’s an epic composition, as one would expect for an epic game like Modern Warfare 2.
But oh – there’s the rub. The award has been introduced to “recognise the importance of video games to the film and television composer community”, but they’ve got an interesting way of calculating that importance. We’ve learned the award will be presented annually – not to the creator of the best video game music – but to the composers of the top-selling video game of the past year. Modern Warfare 2 was a shoo-in, regardless of whether or not an Academy Award-winning composer was on board.
On behalf of playerattack, we’d like to offer our congratulations to Hans and Lorne – but also our condolences for those composers who’ve poured their hearts into soundtracks for games that just didn’t sell enough to be considered.